(NOTE: I have moved the Mike Brady information here. It made more sense to put it at the start of the collection rather than in the middle.)
A relaxing and pleasantly low-key programme of light-classical chamber pieces, focussing on acoustic guitar. This would probably be another good one for quiet dinner gatherings or backpacking, perhaps alongside Classical/Piano #4306.
Speed correction was -26.75% using two songs as key time references, by comparing against the same songs downloaded from Youtube. No
restoration, EQ or noise reduction was done on this transfer. The audio
has been split into separate mono tracks for this presentation. The audio is of reasonably high quality and is fairly dynamic (AEI did use companding on the source audio, as is typical procedure for most business music systems), with surprisingly good high-frequency response and low noise, so it was likely a well cared-for, low-hours tape that wasn't played to death like some of the others. There
is a small amount of print-through from having being in storage for over
20 years, possibly in a metal cabinet or near a magnetic object. For
the most part it isn't noticeable except in the bands between selections
and the track headers/tails.
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(Feel free to gloss over this paragraph if you want.) Like the piano tape, the A-side (tracks 1/3) strangely ended up a few seconds longer than B (2/4). I always cut tape
transfers "splice-to-splice" when processing in Audacity so in theory
both sides of a tape *should* be of to-the-second equal length. In reality, the
mechanical dynamics of analogue audio tapes means they rarely are. I suspect
there was a sticky point on the tape that had worked its way out on the
first pass (though I haven't noticed it in the audio) since side 2 is the
proper length. 5590 and the piano tape were stored mid-tape, not fully wound to the leader and the edges of the exposed magnetic tape were curling under slightly from storage. I strongly suspect that is its stumbling point that self-resolved after being reformed by pre-playback fast-winding and A-side playback...... if that makes any sense. (Yeah.... okay.) I actually transferred this one before Background Instrumental, Contemporary Instrumental 5591, Red
Lobster and Piano, and of those the former three processed to more or less the correct
length; therefore we can probably rule out equipment trouble and blame the tape
stock itself, or the cartridge's mechanical impedance.
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high-bitrate PCM ("WAVE" option) files. The lossy MP3 files for
immediate previewing in the built-in Web player above were encoded from
the PCM files using LAME 3.99.5 Linux (command $ lame -b128 -mm -o -q0
"'filename.wav]") but for optimal listening please download and use the
PCM version. The FLAC files listed are Archive's own autoderivatives and
cannot provide technical support if you download them. Master files are
encoded as 44100 Hz 16-bit linear PCM (RIFF header). The unprocessed
tape-in files are also provided for reference.
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select "play". To stream individual files, load the file you want from
the "WAVE" option into your player directly.
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